Salt Lake Comic Con 2022

Given the reputation of vacation photos, I wouldn’t be surprised if nobody actually likes these Comic Con photo dumps, but it’s easy content and my buffer has been dwindling lately.

I got Waldo on the way into the convention this year.
There was an Ezio back in, like, 2014 who was the reigning champion of Salt Lake Comic Con Assassin’s Creed costumes for years, but these two are finally giving him some competition.
Milo is probably only identifiable when Kida’s there to clue you in, but as a couples costume, it works.
Star Wars Imperial costume design is some of the best villain costuming in all of modern media.

I still want to see an expanded Kung Fury that has an extended Barbariana arc where Thor has a kaiju fight with mecha-Jormungandr and Kung Fury beats up an evil wizard. Maybe some more Hackerman stuff, too.

I never saw them together, but there were a bunch of Among Us costumes at the con.
The androids are some of the most underused characters in DBZ. Seventeen and Eighteen especially. Not sure who that is on the right.

I found these two separately. Not sure if they came together.

There were actually two distaff Pyramid Heads at this con, but I didn’t realize the second one was different from this one until she was too far away to get a good picture.
Vocaloid has some pretty strong character designs. I’d love to see a group costume for them.
Helluva Boss continues to represent.
There’s almost no piece of either of these costumes that can’t be bought from a regular clothing store, yet they’re very recognizable. I expect they’d work just as well separately as together.

Emperor’s New Groove was a huge departure in style for a Disney animated film, but it’s one of the best movies they ever made.

I was more worn out and less zealous about chasing down Harleys this year, which is part of the reason why there’s only six, but I think the costume might finally be on the way out.

Salt Lake Comic Con 2021

There was no Salt Lake Comic Con in 2020, obviously, but they booted things back up for 2021. The vaccine had come out a month ago, and everyone was cautiously creeping out of their bunkers with masked faces and little band-aids on their arms from the booster shots. It’s still not really clear to me whether or not this kind of thing was a good idea for society, but I had firmly secured a fulltime job making D&D books for Kickstarter at that point, which meant it was very easy for me to quarantine for two weeks both before and after these kinds of events, so any covid that bodyhopped into me hoping to jump into a new host later on was in for a rude surprise even if my shiny new antibodies turned out to be asleep at the wheel.

I didn’t end up posting any pictures, though, so let’s drop them here to get us caught up before I move on to 2022.

A lot of people just slapped their everyday mask onto whatever costume they were wearing, but some made costumes that had masks built in, like these three. No idea who they’re cosplaying as, but I respect the commitment to incorporating the pandemic safety measures into the costume.
Praise be.
Helluva Boss had a lot of really good episodes, but it keeps setting up long-running plots and not following up on them, when it could’ve tied those plots off in their debut episode and avoided created expectations. Fizzbot here is still an awesome character and costume, though.
Another costume that I think may have been selected specifically due to pandemic concerns. The only way to get more protected would be with a fully functional spacesuit carrying an independent oxygen supply.
Pyramid Head has been coming up at Comic-Con a lot, lately. Silent Hill is well and truly dead, so I’m not sure what’s causing the uptick. I like the pint-size take on the costume, but no points for pandemic safety. It doesn’t count as a mask if you’ve punched giant fucking holes in it at mouth level.

Continuing our trend of people not taking the pandemic seriously. Avatar is always a reliable source of good group costumes.

Even with the Con being cancelled in 2020, this has my Waldos-per-year quota covered through the end of Biden’s (first?) term.
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The more modern the character is, the easier it is for the cosplayer’s everyday facemask to work as part of the costume. This Aeris, for example, almost looks like she could be “pandemic Aeris” the same way you might have variants like “steampunk Aeris” or “spear Aeris” or whatever. The color scheme’s off, though. And the real star of this is obviously the chocobo, but there’s less to say about that.
This game had god-tier character design.

And the Harley Quinn round-up clocks in at thirteen Harleys. Suicide Squad Harleys are no longer even a plurality of the set, with only 3 Squad Harleys compared to 4 BTAS Harleys (7 if you count a couple of bikini Harleys that use the BTAS symbols and color scheme).

FanX 2019

There was no FanX in 2018. Well, there sort of was. Originally, the Salt Lake Comic Con ran in September and the Salt Lake FanX, run by the same people, ran in April. The San Diego Comic Con sued them, and after several years, the courts somehow came to the conclusion that the San Diego Comic Con could trademark a name they had made no effort to protect for decades. So the 2018 September convention was called FanX, but I still call it the Comic Con, partly because that court decision was bonkers and partly because I don’t want to specify between FanX Spring 2019 and the upcoming FanX Fall 2019. So we’re calling the fall event Comic Con, and these photos come from FanX.

The Princess and the Frog was an underrated movie.


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Old Comic Con Photos

I’ve been to a lot of Salt Lake Comic Cons, so I figured I’d squeeze a bit more content out by posting photos of the old ones.

Salt Lake Comic Con I (September 2013)

I think our spooktacular friend on stilts here might be from League of Legends? He looks cool, anyway. You can also see a table for Serpent’s Tongue in the background. That game had some cool ideas, but unfortunately never went anywhere.

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